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BANGKOK: Fighting terrorism and cracking down on smuggling across their restive border will top the agenda at Friday’s talks between Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Thailand’s junta, officials said. Thailand’s three Muslim-majority southernmost provinces are plagued by a bloody insurgency, and the porous 650-kilometer (400 mile) border with Malaysia…

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OSAKA: The mayors of 26 towns and villages hosting US bases in Okinawa plan formally presented new demands on Thursday calling for Tokyo to reduce the prefecture’s burden in supporting American military personnel and fundamentally revise the US-Japan Status of Forces Agreement. The move comes as Nago Mayor Susumu Inamine…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: Fifteen years after the September 11 attacks, US anti-terror officials say the country is hardened against such well-developed plots but remains as vulnerable as ever to small and especially home-grown attacks. Counter-terror operations are under huge pressure to ferret out and disrupt plots by sympathizers of the Islamic…

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WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is taking “very seriously” the possibility a foreign country is trying to meddle with America’s electoral process and even influence voting outcomes, the agency’s director James Comey said on Thursday. US agencies, companies and individuals are frequently targeted by overseas hackers, and…

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GENEVA: US Secretary of State John Kerry flew in to Geneva on Friday to meet his Russian counterpart once again, seeking a deal with Moscow to restore a ceasefire in Syria. Senior officials traveling with Kerry said he would not have traveled to join Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov unless he…

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ATHENS: Alarmed by rising xenophobic rhetoric in Europe, Greece will seek common ground at a mini-summit in Athens on Friday with fellow southern European Union states struggling with migration. The huddle between the European Union’s seven Mediterranean states is aimed at fighting “marginal, racist” views and “intolerance” in the bloc,…

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CONAKRY: Two Chinese vessels face huge fines after being caught fishing illegally in Guinea’s waters, including one fine of up to $3.4 million, the country’s fishing minister said on Thursday, as west Africa attempts to crack down on millions lost to foreign trawlers. The Chang Yuan Yu 6 and Lu…

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MIAMI: The US space agency on Thursday (Friday in Manila) launched its first mission to collect dust from an asteroid, the kind of cosmic body that may have delivered life-giving materials to Earth billions of years ago. The unmanned spacecraft, known as OSIRIS-REx, blasted off at 7:05 p.m. (23:05 GMT)…

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JERUSALEM: US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says that if elected, she would work with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make sure Israel’s strategic military edge is preserved. “Shortly after being inaugurated I would invite the prime minister to Washington for meetings, I would send my joint chiefs and intelligence…

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MADRID: Barcelona’s fearsome front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar could join forces for the first time in four months against Alaves, while Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Real Madrdid return on Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Neymar has missed Barca’s 100 percent start to the season due to…